Description

I've actually have this system built for months now, never had a thought about sharing it until now.

Just some things to note

Some of the parts on this list are bought online or at retail store. While I did try to go for good deals, impatience was present during the time of ordering some of the parts, so the prices are still a bit bleghhhh...

CPU and the Cooler

Starting with the processor, it was originally cooled with a -- you can chew me out for this, it was with a stock cooler. GASPS yeah i know, I don't know what the **** was wrong with me. The 4790k was idling at close to 60c for good 8 months (you don't want to know the temp when it's under load) until I finally, FINALLY, replaced it with the Hyper 212 Evo. While I thought about overclocking, I thought it necessary at the moment. Overclocked to 4.7 GHz and it's pretty stable af.

GPU

What's this?? Another build with a high end processor paired with a midrange GPU?? What a trash build this is, amirite? During the time I purchased this GPU, it was priced well above $200, and I was able to get it for $170 through a noice deal. The 970 I was heavily considering, but 960 runs admirably while running demanding games such as Dying Light, Middle Earth, and the Metro games with very playable frame rates at 1080p while being close to maxing out. It runs at really comfortable temperatures while maintaining great acoustics under load. Only gripe I have with this GPU is the aesthetics, the exposed heatsink makes it look kind of weird, and the cooler doesn't feature LED illumination like the cards from Gigabyte and MSI. However, this card is noticeably shorter and only requires a six pin power connection, but can still overclock like a champ.

RAM

I originally had a different kit of ram from Patriot installed in my PC, which was 8 GB. After seeing the steep price drop shortly after I finished building my PC, I made a recent purchase of 16 GB from Kingston, as I discovered recently that 8 GB is almost insufficient when running games such as Rust, which takes up around 5 GB, and these modules look ******* great, so why not?

Storage

I opted for storage with faster speed, during the time when I bought the SSD, the Patriot Blaze was a cheap option for an SSD, it performs well enough with decent boot times. The 2TB hybrid drive from Seagate is a great performer, though reliability can still a bit of a concern after seeing some of the other users who have experienced drive failure

Case

The Core V51 was a pleasure to build in, I was surprised when the case came included with two front intake fans, and they make much less noise than I expected. It was spacious and the building experience was pretty darn good.

PSU

Got this for dirt cheap $50 from craigslist, the cables are great as they come in as stealthy black. I am aware that this is overkill for GTX 960, but the modular cables and gold rating are hard to beat when it offered as a ridiculous bargain.

Some final thoughts

I haaate how the PCIE cable looks on the GPU, it's split off so it looks really weird, but other than that, this PC came out pretty good after a few iterations. Video editing on Sony Vegas saw no issue as well as gaming most of the time.

oh god why didn't i put this under review section RIP me

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

how old is the PSU when you got it?

anything more than a few years from the previous owner may be carrying a small risk

unless you know how the PSU was abused

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure, but the PSU looked like it had little usage. So far I have no problem with it.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

i see

ok but this community is really salty about my comments related to PSU

my post always get voted down

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Dunno what gives, but I voted it back up c: whoever downvoted it can suck a lemon ha.

edit huh, it was only the GPU comment that got down'd.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build.

+1.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! c:

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

yes it pretty common but given that he got reasons for picking the 960

cant fault his thinking.

and why someone is voting me down when i mentioned the risks with used PSU?

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, but it does give a nice boost when it comes to other work-oriented tasks. I did kinda wish I've gotten a 970 or AMD equivalent which perform marginally better compared to the 960.